Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center Installs Lockers for a Tough Crowd
Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center in St. Albans VT has installed sturdy, durable partitions and lockers from Scranton Products in their hybrid school, sports team and community membership gym. The HDPE material resists vandalism, door slamming, bacteria and rust and are easy to clean.
The Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center in St. Albans, VT, is owned by the local public high school and was built in the mid 1980s as their primary athletic and physical education facility. It is run as both a school and community facility with more than 25 high school sports teams, 12 daily physical education classes and a semi-pro soccer team. In the past few months, the center has been renovating its locker room and restroom facilities, where the traditional metal was taking some abuse. Most of the center’s public use is fee-based and is critical to the center’s financial stability, though keeping costs low is also important to its community image. According to Dave Kimel, facility manager, the center has been slowly renovating a few rooms at a time, as funds have allowed. “Weshopped hard for our locker and restroom products, comparing quality, price and reputation for service and Scranton Products stood out above the rest,” said Kimel. “They were the most highly recommended by the best installation company we could find in the state of Vermont.” He went with the Hunter Green color to match the fitness center’s color scheme. The center gets about 600,000 user visits to its facility each year, about 400,000 of which are unrelated to school functions. "That's a lot of swinging and banging on toilet stall doors and slamming of locker room doors," said Kimel. “So wear and tear is important.” He said most of the old metal lockers still worked but they looked old and got absolutely no respect from the school kids. “We had constant problems with scratching and graffiti,” said Kimel. “Since we put these new Tufftec® lockers in we have not had a single incident of damage.” Considering the traffic Collins Perley endures, the lockers and stalls needed to be high quality and extremely durable. “One of the key reasons for choosing Scranton Products’ shower partition and locker products was the overall value,” said Kimel. “We're a public high school and money is tight but a good product is not the cheapest, it’s the best value and performance over time,” he said. “The facility amenities also have to look great--the better they look the more memberships we'll sell and the more our kids will respect and take care of our facility.” Kimel said another important feature for the locker rooms is sanitation, with one locker having three or four different users per day. “In a public facility there is nothing more important that cleanliness,” he explained. “These HDPE lockers and partitions have no cracks, crevices, or edges to catch cleaning cloths or trap mold, mildew, and other bacteria and they’re easy to clean.” He also finds they pay off from a lifecycle perspective and after three years for some of the shower and locker products, they all look as good as the day they were installed. “Every hinge, every latch, every hanger works as well today as it did three years ago,” he said, “so we’ll continue to have more installed.”